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Seattle Restaurants

Ray's Boathouse

Updated 01/24/2013

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The view of Shilshole Bay might be the main draw here, but the seafood is also fresh and well prepared. Perennial favorites include broiled salmon, Kasu sake–marinated cod, Dungeness crab, and regional oysters on the half shell. Ray's has a split personality: there's a fancy dinner-only dining room downstairs (reservations essential) and a casual café and bar upstairs. Be forewarned that during happy hour in high season, the café's service can suffer greatly because

of the crowds. Sure, it's touristy, but snagging a spot on the sun-drenched balcony to watch the boats floating past after an afternoon exploring the Ballard Locks is quintessential Seattle summer fun.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, Washington, 98107, USA

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Phone:

206-789–3770

Website: www.rays.com

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 01/24/2013

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Aug 15, 2005

Ok I suppose ...

What's great about this place was the location and the service. We called at 5:30 and got a table for 9 pm by the window overlooking the water. It was pretty dark by that point but still romantic. Our waitress was fabulous. The food was ok ... I am originally from Maryland, so the crabcakes were not as good as I expected. We spent about $100 including gratuity for 2 people for dinner, appetizer and dessert, and a drink or two. Not bad price

wise I suppose...not sure if I'd go here again since the food wasn't great.

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Aug 5, 2005

Special Last Night in the Seattle Area

The Fairmont concierge recommended Ray's when I requested a place to eat after visiting the Chittenden Locks in Ballard (one of your Fodor's Choices). Ray's provided a special ending to our stay in Seattle, before moving on to Victoria and the Olympic Peninsula. Great wine list with attentive sommelier (we enjoyed two bottles from Oregon), beautiful view of the Olympic range (and sunset) and magnificent seafood. We particularly enjoyed the sampler...of

smoked sablefish, Neah Bay salmon and Alaskan halibut. The sablefish was a definite Pacific Northwest experience and absolutely phenomenal. Would definitely return here or recommend it. With two bottles of wine, dinner for 4 adults and 2 children was about $300 with gratuity. Not inexpensive, but memorable and wine list presented good values.

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Jul 7, 2004

Above Average Waterfront Restaurant

Nothing really stands out except the views. Food is good but not exceptional, and for the price it's just average. Service is below average for what one would expect in this price range.

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Jul 4, 2003

Mecca for Salmon!

A Seattle landmark. Superb fish (especially salmon, crab and oysters) and one of the fine wine lists of the Pacific Coast.

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Apr 3, 2003

The view far exceeds the food and value

People flock here for the view of the sound in this Shilshole staple. Be prepared to wait even with a reservation. The food does not justify the prices which are high to put it mildly. The crowds and noise drown out the romantic potential on most nights.

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